Case Study 15: Open university. The Open University of Hong Kong
This case study is a transcript of an interview written by Desmond Keegan.
The Open University of Hong Kong (HKOU)  (
) reports to have
630 students in 4 courses on business information systems, Internet, and telecommunications.
The Open University is at its experimental stage in using the Internet to deliver its courses. In
addition to a print version of the course, Advanced Business Systems offers an electronic
version, in which students can get access to the course materials stored in a server housed at
the university, or through the Internet. Submission of assignments, return of marked
assignments, discussion among tutors and students, e mail facilities, online evaluation of the
course, and a number of other administrative functions can be done through electronic means.
As for the course Introduction to Internet, most of the course is in print form, although there is
regular reference to and activities carried out on the Internet. There is one online study unit in
which students study through logging on the Internet. Discussion groups and e mail facilities
are also provided for tutors and students of the course. The two CT courses are on
telecommunications, and a lot of references for the courses are accessed through the Internet.
Under the one country, two systems dispensation the university enjoys the same academic
liberty as heretofore. The university has a center of excellence for Adult and Continuing
Education which organizes its distance education program and has a range of distance
education projects with other parts of China. The Open University is at an experimental stage